Episode #648 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 7-13, 2017) includes:
"The Struggle Continues" (1 hour, 22 minutes)
On September 15, David Archambault II, tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, spoke to a Sacramento audience about the the history of the struggle his ancestors had to endure, and how that struggle is very much alive today. Chairman Archambault was instrumental in setting up resistance camps to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Ohahe at Standing Rock. He says the pipeline is being constructed across lands recognized by the U.S. as Sioux territory, in violation of the tribe's water rights from the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty and subsequent treaties.
A Media Edge crew recorded the event at St. Mark's United Methodist Church as part of its Moon Lecture Series.
"Let America Be America Again" (3 minutes)
This beautiful video captures the spirit of "Let America Be America Again," a poem by Langston Hughes. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the video was produced by MoveOn.org.
"Reverend Barber on White Supremacy" (5 minutes)
"If statues come down, racism can still be up."
In the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber sets the record straight on systemic racism and white supremacy in America.
"The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes)
Laura talks to award-winning playwright and essayist Wallace Shawn, who has a new book of essays he calls his Night Thoughts, meditations and speculative dreams for a better world from the Tales of Genji to libraries and the power of fiction. And Ed Whitfield, from The Fund for Democratic Communities in Greensboro, North Carolina, has a few thoughts on cooperatives, consumer politics and impeachments. Plus a commentary from Laura on monuments.